Intel and SiFive made a pair of announcements yesterday that underscore how serious the chip giant is about ramping its own foundry services. First, Intel has announced it has reorganized its manufacturing division and licensed SiFive’s IP portfolio. This is significant, as it gives Intel the flexibility it needs to offer a diverse set of solutions to potential customers. It’s not enough to just license a RISC-V CPU core. That core needs to hook to memory controllers, expansion buses, and possibly other compute devices depending on the role the RISC-V core plays in the system.

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